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in the second term than i was in the first. jonathan karl? >> thank you, mr. president. senator john mccain and senator lindsey graham both said today they want to have watergate style hearings on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi and said if you nominate susan rice to be secretary of state, they will do everything in their power to block her nomination as senator graham said, he simply doesn't trust ambassador rice after what she said about benghazi. i would like your reaction to that and would those threats deter you from making a nomination like that? >> well, first of all, i'm not going to comment at this point on various nominations i'll put forward to fill out my cabinet for the second term. those are things that are still being discussed. but let me say specifically about susan rice, she has done exemplary work. she has represented the united states and our interests in the united nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. as i said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intellig
>>> tomorrow night, i'll talk to senator john mccain with his battle with president obama over benghazi. that's all for us. "ac 360" starts now. >>> we begin as we do keeping them honest looking for facts not offering opinions or playing favorites. we're not supporting democrats or republicans. you can find that on plenty of other cable channels. our goal reporting, finding the facts. tonight our focus, it's over the attacks in benghazi. today, mr. mccain took it a step further enand said because of susan rice's role, the confusing fact, we'll talk to senator mccain in a second so president obama took the opportunity to fire back directly at the senator. >> if senator mccain and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> well, senator mccain heard that remark. 73 minutes later took to the floor of the u.s.
know was derailed by the scandal. senator john mccain is one of several republican lawmakers remanding more information from the obama administration on just what the heck happened in benghazi and around benghazi. he's scheduled to give a news conference at the bottom of the hour and we are going to have measure on that. our dana bash has been doing the best she can to take in all of the information. listen, this is tricky. so many of these stories are interconnected. there is a lot of reporting. not all confirmed, but u maybe just start with this. how has this matter worked out that general petraeus will indeed show up on capitol hill and testify voluntarily? >> well, it started with the senate intelligence chairwoman, dianne feinstein telling us yesterday that that was her desire. in her words, that's a big stone left unturned if petraeus doesn't come up here and tell members of congress what he knew about what went on in benghazi, so that's where it started. then late yesterday, members of the senate intelligence committee met and decided it was imperative to invite him. dianne fein
>>> tomorrow night, i'll talk to senator john mccain with his battle with esident obama over benghazi. that's all for us. "ac 360" starts now. >> good evening. 10:00 on the east coast. we begin tonight looking for facts not offering opinions or trying to play favorites. not supporting democrats or republicans. you can find that on plenty of other cable channels. just finding the truth, finding the facts. tonight the focus on what played out in washington today. two foes back at it again. the battle over benghazi, the attack that killed four american. senator mccain has maintained either white house negligence or a cover up. he took it a step further and said that he would try to block any effort to promote ms. rice to secretary of state, should hillary clinton leave that post. president obama took the opportunity to fire back directly at the senator. >> if senator mccain and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply
these republicans meaning john mccain and others don't have the support of some of their high ranking republicans like the house speaker. never mind the democrats. but what cnn's ted barrett has learned is that john mccain in particular missed a rather important closed door briefing giving information about what happened in benghazi and what he was doing at the time is having a press conference calling for this select committee complaining about not getting enough information and ted barrett learned he was not alone. very few republicans, most of the republicans on this, the homeland security committee actually came. since then, mccain's office told us that that was a scheduling error and why he didn't attend that briefing. but also, before we got that information, ted actually bumped in to john mccain in the hallway here and they had a very testy exchange when ted was trying to get information about why he didn't go and mccain said to him that he had no comment. ted said, why? i'm quoting here from senator mccain. i have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell
in your view if at all? >> i think it's hard because john mccain of course had a very good relationship with the press and it's not like anyone pulled any punches at the end of that campaign either. so i think once you get to a certain level that sort of erodes. but early on i think it would have been a lot easier for him. >> but we felt like we one-day understood john mccain as somebody who rode around on his bus back in the 2000 campaign. i'm not sure journalists felt they really got mitt romney. brief thought on that? >> yeah, the fact is john mccain, reporters ran out of questions to ask him. i mean, he would talk for -- >> eight-hour rolling press conferences. >> eight hours. and i don't think anybody will do that again in the age of twitter. >> well, maybe they should. if they're secure in their own skin, if a politician is secure in his own skin and they can sit down and talk to reporters about what he really believes, okay? over and over, day after day. i think it helps him out in the end. >> a lot of republicans now want to be interviewed about the depth of this defeat. not jus
trying to make it an issue now. >> yeah, he really pushed back on john mccain and lind say graham and called it outragious he said if you have a problem take it up with me. i think he was very testy today. and what he was doing was saying okay you want to make this an issue buddy, dare me to nominate her. it sounded to me, reading between the lines. it is something that he is interested in doing. this is a political fight that is not going to go away. i think one thing that struck me is that the president talked about going after her because she is quote an easy target. what does that mean? is it because she is a woman and is the only one out there using the information that she had? it is interesting to me. i'm not quite sure what the president is talking about. >> there is still so many thing that is we don't know. is it surprising that they are going after secretary of state rice and not clinton? >> no, i don't. right now, they favor john kerry as the next secretary of state. they work well with him and think he has the experience. i don't think it has to do with her womanhood.
the election, he spoke for five minutes, half as long as john mccain did in 2008. governor romney also said this. listen. >> i want to thank paul ryan for all he's done for our campaign. and for our country. besides my wife, ann, paul is the best choice i have ever made. and i trust his intellect, hard work and commitment to principle will continue to contribute to the good of our nation. >> paul ryan wasn't able to deliver wisconsin, his home state. voters helped push president obama over the victory line. as they did four years ago. he did win his house seat. he ran for an eighth term concurrently with his vice presidential bid. he's expected to return to washington. mitt romney's next step isn't quite as clear. candy crowley, two-term governorship, and a republican base that clearly was never too enthusiastic about him. and attacking him, does mitt romney have a political future on the national stage? >> i'm not sure mitt romney wants a political future on the national stage. this was not an easy fit. mitt romney with this particular ingration of the republican party. if you have a base
and republican senators john mccain and lindsay graham. it began to escalate earlier this morning when the senators vowed to stand in the way of the president if -- if he goes ahead and nominates the united nations ambassador susan rice to replace hillary clinton secretary of state. mccain and graham are scathing of rice's early remarks about the deadly attack on the u.s. diplomats in benghazi, libya. >> this is about the role she played around four dead americans when it seems to be that the story coming out of the administration. and she's the point person, is so disconnected to reality. i don't trust her. and the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better. and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. somebody has got to start paying a price around this place. >> let's see what happens here. but we will do whatever's necessary to block the nomination that's within our power as far as susan rice is concerned. >> all right. listen to the president's very, very angry response to senators mccain and graham during that white house news conference.
something about john mccain. i don't know if you're aware of this, but he along with several other republicans did not attend the hearing today, but he's blood pressure very, veocal on issue. a cnn producer skz him, by the way, instead of coming, he was holding a press conference calling for a separate investigation into benghazi, so a cnn producer asked why he didn't go to the hearing and here's what he said -- >> not going to comment on how i spend my time. >> is john mccain being too political? >> well, look, first of all, that was yesterday. and yesterday was a closed session of the intelligence committee. today was the hearing and today was where the director of national intelligence, the head of the counterintelligence agency, the cia, fbi, state department, they were there and john mccain was at that hearing. >> so you feel any criticism of him is unfair. people have been picking on him for this, sounds like you're depending him. >> john said he had a scheduling conflict and i'll take him at his word. >> you were a former ambassador yourself. rand paul was on the show last n
want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> okay. so it took senator john mccain about an hour to make it to the s senate floor to offer a response. >> that statement is really remarkable in that if the president thinks that we are picking on people, he really does not have any idea of how serious this issue is. >> seems like the testosterone-fueled rhetoric over benghazi is sort of getting out of control. former cia operative bob behr joins us this morning. good morning, bob. >> good morning. >> i want to make it clear to our viewers what lawmakers want to figure out. there are three separate hearings about to take place today. this is what they're trying to figure out. one, why didn't the united states increase security in libya? two, did the obama administration try to mislead people as to the nature of the attack? and, three, did the administration deny pleas from our people at the consulate for help? let's start with the first. why didn't -- why didn't -- why wasn't there more security in libya previous -- previous to these attacks? >> well, first of all, assessmen
john mccain, who's a guest on the program. also in the president's news conference today, questions about the investigations in the affair that forced the resignation of david petraeus. new information still coming out. we'll bring you that and our ininvestigation into the dr. kelley cancer foundation that raised $157,000 in contributions and spent the same amount on expenses. no record of cancer research or care. >> our fifth story "outfront", susan rice, the lightening rod. president obama fiercely defended his u.n. ambassador today after republicans threatened to block her possible nomination for secretary of state. senators including john mccain and lindsey graham say what led americans surrounded the attacks in benghazi. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi? and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation, it's outrageous.
was consulted on what to say. now that turned out to the be wrong. and i have great respect for john mccain and lindsey graham, because i consider them friend, and they are right this needs to be investigated 100%, and very, very serious, but it is different from saying that there was an intentional misrepresentation, and i don't understand attacking ms. rice, the ambassador who was telling the truth that she believed at that time which turned out to the be wrong. >> and on the anderson cooper's show, it was very similar circumstances with wmds and that had more catastrophic circumstances you could say. so it is a rocky path to whom you are going to choose to defend and not defend is serious. >>> the judgment to put ambassador rice on the television shows without having all of the facts was a judgment that the white house made and president obama has it right if there was a criticism to be made, it was in the judgment in retrospect, but certainly, i don't understand impugn iing th sincerity for doing what ambassador rice is there to do and speaking what she was told to say. >> and someone w
of congress on the terrorist attack at a u.s. consulate in benghazi. senator john mccain calls the administration's handling of the event a coverup. >> this president, this administration has either been guilty of colossal incompetence or engageed in a coverup, neither of which are acceptable to the american people. >> why does he say this before the hearings? well, we actually want to talk about the president also touring the hard-hit areas of superstorm sandy this hour. he is expected to spoost speak as soon as 1:30 p.m. eastern. we're going to bring that to you live when it happens. also, we're going to start this hour with the scandal that's swirling around the former cia director david petraeus. sxwlirchlgts for the first time former cia director david petraeus is now opening up to the media about the sex scandal that has ended his military career. speaking in detail with our sister network hln's kyra phillips. kyra has known petraeus for years, including a 30-minute live interview on the anniversary of the iraq war. she's had several occasions and conversations to talk wi
.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. you're about to hear a tape of senator john mccain's contentious exchange with cnn. also, we've seen pictures like this of the benghazi compound on september 11th, but today for the first time lawmakers are seeing surveillance video of the assault that killed the united states ambassador, three other americans. i'll talk to one u.s. senator about what that video shows. and mitt romney's speaking out about his election loss blaming what he calls gifts -- that's a quote, gifts, the president people gave to people who voted for him. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> tempers flaring on capitol hill. senator john mccain lashing out at one of our cnn producers who questioned why he was missing a key hearing on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. mccain has been a sharp critic of the president and his administration complaining lawmakers are not getting enough information. and when asked why he missed that meeting today, he lashed out. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is up on capitol hill. she's got more on thi
. bush got 44% of the latino vote. four years later john mccain got 31%. now 27% for mitt romney. to be steadily losing votes in an expanding demographic is a recipe for failure. florida senator marco rubio, the son of cuban immigrants and a republican, suggests the problem is both tonal and substantive. >> it's hard to make an economic argument to people who think you want to deport their grandmother. >> and then there's the fema vote. established in 1920. decisive in 2012. 53% of the votes this year were cast by women, who favored president obama by ten points. >> my wife's a democrat, and she was so close to voting for mitt romney. but then you know, mourdock and akin opened their mouth and we sent them squeak -- running back to the democratic party because they think we're nutty. >> actually, married women tended to favor mitt romney, but single women, a growing part of the population, went 3-1 for the president. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. >> republicans have two years until the midterms to try to shed a little of the old off the
the white house did. >> or as john mccain would have it, had a very strong opinion we are defeating al qaeda has not helped if it looks like al qaeda resurge en resurgence. >> without question as somebody who is covering the story in the months leading up to the election, it was so politicized with the white house and the administration because they thought every word they said would be twisted and attacked. and they didn't want to interfere and republican ares putting out conspiracy theories some not rooted in facts or evidence it was tough to report on this. >>l the untold story of america valor more about the people on the ground doing the hard stuff on the country. good to see you. >> coming up next. taking on tonight's big stories. why would they want to kill their dog? >> can't wait to hear this excuse. ♪ [ gordon ] for some this line is a convenience. how you doing today? i'm good thanks. how are you? i'm good. [ gordon ] but for others, it's all they can afford. every day nearly nine million older americans don't have enough to eat. anything else? no, not today. join me, aarp, and
, in particular, senator john mccain, who's been going after her, because of the narrative that she told shortly after those benghazi attacks. senator mccain saying that he just wants to get all the facts, suggesting that the white house has not been transparent. the president says anyone who's attacking her is simply, quote, outrageous. >> dan lothian for us this morning. thank you, dan. in just a moment, we'll get some more reaction from the maryland congressman, chris van hollen. that's straight ahead. first, john berman has a look at other news this morning. >>> we now know the identity of the fbi agent who helped start the investigation that eventually led david petraeus to resign. he's veteran investigator, frederic humphreys ii. and others say that paula broadwell, her security clearance is now suspended. also, petraeus will testify about the libya consulate attack after all, before a closed hearing of the house intelligence committee. that will happen tomorrow. >>> bp has reportedly agreed to pay an unprecedented fine and admit to criminal misconduct in connection with the 2010 deepwater
rice. republican senators john mccain and lindsey graham say they would actually try to block rice from being promoted to secretary of state should she be nominated. they are criticizing her over the statement that she read days after the deadly benghazi attack saying they were spontaneous and s stemmed from a protest over an anti-islamic film. so why is the gop going after rice? >> well, because, you know, they feel she was the face of the administration at the time and the narrative that she laid out at the time simply did not turn out to be the case. so they don't believe, john mccain and other republicans, don't believe that the information that's been put out there has been very accurate and they don't believe that it adds up. take a listen. >> well, first of all talking points came from the white house, not from the dni. second of all, it was obvious within 24 hours that the station chief from the cia had said that this was a terrorist attack. and she continued to tell the world through all the talk shows, that it was a, quote, spontaneous demonstration sparked by a video. that's
. if you are a john mccain you can go back to the senate and john kerry the same thing. but there is no place in politics no elective sauoffice t mitt romney holds now. i don't see where he fits into this party now. >> he can become a cable tv host. who knows. what do you think? it seems like a lot of the republican party today was moving quickly. >> it sounds like a -- last night he didn't talk about we are going to continue to fight in the future. id sounded like he tried, he lost and there are a lot of people who regarded him as a transitional figure. so i think he will probably go back to business. i don't see politics in his future. >> will he pick up where he left off? broaden out there? >> he has time. he has something that is hard for a house member to get and that is nationwide recognition. and he is a bon fied brainyac when it comes to budget things. he understands the budget. so there is still a place for him there. he does speak for the conservative wing in the fiscal part and he is pragmatic. there has been some talk maybe he should go to a think tank and t
million less vote this is year than he did in 2008. mitt romney got almost 3 million votes less than john mccain did. this election, you could come up with a lot of arguments as to why mitt romney didn't win. i thought he left it all in the playing field. i thought he did as well as he could, given the circumstances. but the truth of the matter is, we couldn't come up with enough votes to win. and if you analyze this election, you can come up with 100 reasons why mitt romney lost. i'm looking towards 2016 and how can we, the gop, continue to be competitive and how can conservatives get their message across. i'm trying to tell you, to echo what patrick said. the first thing you have to do is show up. we didn't show up in the black community. we didn't show up enough in the hispanic community. we dedicated resources too little too late. and we need a long-term plan that dedicates enough resources to become competitive, knock on the door and do the things that we need to in the community. my comments about what won or lost this election are different than the comments about what's required t
legal access. john mccain had to run away from his own handiwork when he was campaigning for the white house. i hesitate to build a grand narrative out of all of this, but the trend seems to be toward individual freedom, self-expression, and dignity for all. this diverse embracen't is america's great gift to the world. one which others have always marveled. in 1990 the ne-yo conservative writer wrote a book called "the first universal nation," arguing that the u.s. was coming up with something you neechlkt that diversity, he said, is going to be america's greatest strength in the years ahead. the gop has taken to looking at this new america with anxiety and fear. he was right. what the world saw this week was a picture of america at its best. empty, experimental, openly minded and brilliantly diverse. for more on this go to cnn.com/fareed. there's a link to my "washington post" column. let's get started. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> let's get right to our panel to talk about just how you plan for a successful second term in the white house. my guests are all old white hous
. mitt romney got almost 3 million votes less than john mccain did. this election, and you could come up with a lot of arguments as to why mitt romney didn't win. i thought he left it all on the playing field and he did as well as he could give ten circumstances. but the truth of the matter is that we couldn't come up with enough votes to win. >> patrick, it is not just about the candidate or putting a candidate that has a, you know, hispanic last name or the minority on the ticket. you said that you not only had that problem, but you have -- >> an angry white man problem. >> angry white man problem. >> i don't want to discredit marco rubio for just saying that he is and up and comer, because he is hispanic, and he is up and comer to look into the camera and express a conservative viewpoint without being angry or saying the word rape quite frankly. he connects with people and the fact that he is a cuban america american is a plus, but it is not the reason that he is a up and coming. >> explain angry why man? >> the gop has a problem of getting candidates in line and put them up and say i
for secretary of state. senators including john mccain and lindsey graham say what led americans surrounded the attacks in benghazi. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi? and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation, it's outrageous. >> "outfront" tonight, rand paul of kentucky. he serves on the homeland security committee and senator paul, senator lindsey graham responded, i wanted to quote it. mr. president, don't think for one minute i don't hold you ultimately responsible for benghazi. i think you failed as commander in chief before, during and after the attack. i have no intention of promoting anyone who was up to their eyeballs in the benghazi debacle. >> i think there's two questions. everybody's been emphasizing whether or not it was right for her to go out and say this was caused by some crazy movie made by some low budget
like john mccain and hatch have to run far to their right just to keep their offices. this is very perilous for our country. i'm looking for us to go back where you had guys like ronald reagan and tip o'neill who reached across the aisle. >> friends in the newt gingrich second term worked very well together. >> i think we have the right president for that. but we need the right leadership coming out of congress that's going to rise up to the challenge and bring our nation together. most of us in the country are not on the margin. most of us, however we identify, republican or democrat, we have so much more in common than we do apart. that's where we hope that our government will follow where the people are. >> that's so true. cory booker, great to see you. better luck on the ground. appreciate you coming in. >>> coming up next, how the republican party lost a battle. we'll go head to head on that question. questions from bing elections. do you know where your polling place is? maybe somewhere around my house. mine's just, right over that way. well you can find out exactly where it
. >> after the 2008 election a lot that said john mccain was the wrong person to nominate. back then mitt romney was the more conservative alternative and, again, in 2008, some say mitt romney was too moderate. seems year after year or cycle after cycle this happens, what will be enough to change it? a loss isn't doing it for the republican party. >> they're not going to learn that lesson that quickly. i was there in iowa and south carolina, people don't like him. you don't get somebody who doesn't say i don't like 47% of the population. what the republican party needs is someone who can articulate their values but in a way that's not offensive. im pro life, i am not going to spend my entire administration working on that. i don't want illegals coming into this country. we're not going to tell people to self-deport. not offend 90% of the population and that's what they need to do. >> professor jason johnson professor in ohio, thank you very much. >> thank you, always a pleasure. >>> when president obama deals with china in the future, he'll most likely go toe-to toe with this man. we'll t
loud that john mccain, the sponsor of a comprehensive and intelligent immigration reform bill-h to run away from his own handiwork when he was campaigning for the white house. i hesitate taitd to build a grand narrative out of all this but the trend seems to be toward individual freedom, self-expression, and dignity for all. this embrace of diversity in every sense is america's great gift to the world, one which foreigners since the days of alexis detocqueville have always marvelled. in 1990 the neo conservative writing ben watten berg wrote a book called "the first universal nation," arguing that the u.s. was -- all thriving in their individualism. that diversity, he said, is going to be america's greatest strength in the years ahead. while wattenberg's party, the gop, has taken to look at this new america with anxiety and fear, he was right. what the world saw this week was a picture of america at its best. edgy, experimental, open-minded, and brilliantly diverse. for more on this go to cnn.com/fareed. there is a link through to my "washington post" column. let's get started now. >>>
what john mccain said right before his meeting today. here it is. >> my focus is on four dead americans, all of them brave, unnecessarily, and what is clearly of all the earmarks of a cover-up. >> was there a cover-up? >> well, erin, there is still an awful lot of questions to be answered. of course, there's an investigation being undertaken now by admiral mullen, former head of our joint chiefs of staff, as well. and when that process plays out, we're going to have a lot more answers to questions about what happened. the key thing right now, though, i think -- and i think senator mccain would agree with this, we need to make sure we do everything possible to bring to justice those who committed these acts that led to the death of four americans. that's the most important thing right now, in addition to making sure that every embassy, every consulate, every -- every installation where we have our diplomats who are very brave americans on the ground doing important work that we do everything we can to secure them. but i think that we're going to have more answers when we go through the p
john mccain taking on the white house over the benghazi attack. a lot of the questions are for general petraeus, at the center of a growing scandal. lieutenant colonel rick francona once served in the cia also. the opinionated penn gillette. god bless you. >> thank you so much. >> let us start, if i may, with the lieutenant colonel. it is bordering on the absurd, this story. at the same time, there are very serious potential ramifications. we've already seen the loss of general petraeus as director of the cia. to many people's minds, one of the great military figures of his generation. he's gone. you have another general supposed to take over the ultimate nato supreme command position who is now embroiled in the same scandal as well and that may or may not end in a certain way. what do you make of it? where do you see this going? >> well, it's surprising that you have two four star generals basically being removed from the scene this close together, and they both came from the same command. you'll remember that general allen was general petraeus' deputy when they were at central comman
for petraeus from both sides of the political aisle in the hours that follow this resignation senator john mccain calling him one of the greatest military generals of any time. and really if you look at the head of the senate intelligence committee, senator diane feinstein, a democrat, she said she very much regrets the fact that president obama accepted the resignation. she calls it a tremendous loss to the intelligence community, wolf. >> there's no doubt that the whole benghazi timeline -- i know the pentagon is about to release some sort of timeline, they're getting ready for hearings next week. do you get any indication at all that general petraeus' resignation, chris, has anything to do with what happened in benghazi? >> i don't get that indication, wolf. from everything we had heard that this testimony was due to happen next week that there was nothing holding it up. and having heard the pentagon timeline this afternoon, there was nothing earth shaking in its revelations that would sort of rise to this level. so i just don't think it had anything to do with that. and i think that president
him about those e-mails. >> and senator john mccain was at that meeting as well. he's the ranking member of the armed service committee. what did they have to say? >> reporter: very interesting. until last night, the folks up here were thinking they had to focus on one scandal, and now it's of course two, with very big players. and the other has to do with the pentagon. and john mccain is the ranking republican on the armed services committee. i asked about how they're going to go forward with their investigation of general allen's alleged flirtatious e-mails with a woman. watch this. >> and i just was very surprised and the secretary of defense called me up and said that they were going to have a full investigation, that general allen denies any impropriety, so i think it's appropriate to have the investigation go forward and the senate armed forces committee look at it as well. >> are you comfortable with him serving in his current capacity? >> yes. i am -- i am comfortable with that. we need someone in charge. no one has ever argued that his performance of duty is not been exce
. john mccain and lindsey gram and on the issue of cabinet, they made very clear that they will do whatever it takes if the president who decides to nominate -- rice, to move her over to the state department that, they are going to say no way because they think that she was at the very least in their words incompetent with regard to the public remarks that she made that it turned out to be wrong about benghazi. that's where we stand on that. you and fran were talking earlier about the fact that the president certainly didn't know about what was going on with david petraeus until just a day before he resigned. right now on capitol hill the fbi and his deputy are here briefing the heads of the house intelligence committee about that investigation because, guess what, they were not informed either. there's a lot going behind the scenes as the president is speaking publicly about the scandals that have really embroiled his administration. >> jessica yellin, inside the east room of the white house getting ready for the news conference, and getting ready for -- i assume the president wil
was underperforming john mccain among hispanics, he actually won more of the african-american vote than john mccain did. now, he won 6% instead of 4%, but he actually got up to like 8% or 9% among 18 to 29-year-old african-americans which is the group that's hardest hit by unemployment. again, these are tiny numbers. >> mitt romney underperformed a light post with hispanics. don't get started on that. >> a jack kent republican would be very welcome right now to create some sense of competition. we have 10% or 11% of the country right now in free fall and neither party taking it seriously. that's bad. >> it's not as if the republicans didn't work for the african-american and latino vote, they actively rejected it. that was the sense i got. they used it as a way to run up the score with white voters and really created a corrosive toxic discourse that i think hurt everybody. >> what's your unsolicited advice today, ana? >> well, my unsolicited advice is for -- >> hold it up. >> how do you say that in spanish? an extra exclamation point. >> say yeb or bushito. he will respond to either in miami. in ful
politician made an appearance. senators barbara boxer, olympia snowe and john mccain popped in on episodes, as well. great show. cnn "newsroom" continues right now with brooke baldwin. >>> thank you. i'm brooke baldwin. in arizona, the man that killed six and injured 13 in tucson back in january of 2011 including congresswoman giffords, loughner is being
. >> there was once upon a time, all of us remember, there was a coalition, ted kennedy, john mccain, president bush, he tried to get comprehensive immigration reform, all of them worked really hard. didn't exactly work out. now chuck schumer, the democrat from new york, lindsey graham, the republican from south carolina, they are trying right now. they have a serious proposal out there to recreate that coalition. is it going to go anywhere? >> i hope so. the republicans have been awol on comprehensive immigration reform since 2007. i think president obama should reach out to president bush so that he can help recruit more republicans to help him. president obama's committed to comprehensive immigration reform. i looked the other day, 90% of hispanics have parents or grandparents who immigrated to the united states from another country. that's why the republicans should be afraid. ther they should help us -- >> i don't think they have to be afraid. >> mitt romney talked about self-deportation, that turned off a lot of folks out there. >> i think self-deportation is what president obama did when he c
-- let me start with you because when john started out talking about the latino vote, these numbers are pretty shocking and overwhelming. bush in 2004, 44% of the vote. mccain. 31% and now, mitt romney at 27%. what happened to the enroads made by george w. bush? >> there's no coat tails. with hispanics and gop, they don't really exist. latinos vote for a candidate, not a party. for many, the republican brand is very tarnished. it's seen as she doesn't care for the latino community or those interests, which are all these very false stereotypes. over the last 40 years, republicans earned 30% of the hispanic vote. that's about the average. and we understood if we do not get up into the 37, 38, 39%, the republican party will fail to win national elections from probably 2012 on. >> that's a pretty incredible thing. >> you saw john king put up that map. i mean, there's a state that stands out there. that state was texas. are we now looking at a point where texas could be something you could make a play for as a democrat? >> i think texas is no doubt going to be a purple state. just a plac
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